This article was produced in collaboration with T1.
Let’s face it (no pun intended), clear skin is important to everyone! However, getting access to a dermatologist has always been a challenge.
Perhaps even more challenging was the ability to afford the right prescription drugs. That’s why Board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Board of Dermatology, Christopher Rex M.D., took matters into his own hands. Dr. Rex created a campaign he called “End Acne Now”. Both in the office and virtually through telemedicine, the system was developed by Dr. Rex designed to help acne sufferers efficiently.
Unlike many skin conditions with limited treatment solutions to cure, acne is not one of them. In fact, Dr. Rex the treatment outcome of acne and says: “Depending on how aggressive a patient wants to be, acne is curable!”
Dr. Rex takes a two-step treatment approach:
Step 1: Find out what is causing the acne. Is it because of the hormonal shifts in puberty (9-15 years) and adulthood (21-35 years)? Or is it because substances are taken orally (medication) or applied to the skin (pomades)?
step 2: Start its basic treatment, which hits the two main components that lead to acne:
- Bacterial Component – Unfortunately, most people only treat the bacterial component with over-the-counter products. This gives only temporary relief and less than 50 percent improvement.
- Oil Producing Component – To get 70 percent and more results, you need to tackle the excess oil production. This is where your dermatologist is crucial. To fully cure acne with severe scarring and self-esteem, and to leave a smiling, confident person, a real partnership between patient and dermatologist is required. This includes proper clinical decision making, proper medication, and patient compliance with the prescribed regimen. Dr. Rex explains: “[he] loves to treat acne, though [his] The patient is ready to go all the way and do whatever is necessary because then he will like the famous “Men’s Warehouse” commercial. [he] can say: “You will like the way you look, I guarantee you.”
In order to be able to access the right medication, Dr. Rex partnered with a company called Prescriber’s Choice. Via the affiliated FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facility, Dr. Rex adjust the medication, keep inventory and deliver it to his patients at the time of their visit.
Dr. Rex’s own words say it best: “Prescriber’s Choice makes patient care extraordinarily efficient for doctors and patients. The medical environment we live in today presents my patients with constant barriers to accessing the best medicines for their conditions. When It’s not the lack of insurance, it’s the high cost of the drugs.The unique Prescriber’s Choice model enables me, as a doctor, to give my patients direct access to the right drugs at the right price.
The ability to pick up medication for patients immediately increases compliance. First and foremost, it ensures that they are not receiving the medication as a substitute and therefore start treatment as soon as they get home. The cost of a drug can hinder procurement and this can be done in the office rather than when the patient comes to their pharmacy. Some patients only take some of their medication and may be given the least important medication they need to get better.
The ability to give a patient a prescription immediately after their disease is diagnosed is valued by all of my patients. You can go home immediately and begin your healing. This was particularly beneficial in patients trying to limit their exposure due to COVID 19. They didn’t have to wait for their medication in the pharmacy.
There are better results when a patient is given the right medication and can start treatment right away. Any good doctor is utterly disheartened to find out that their patients have not received a prescription due to restrictions put in place by insurance companies called prior permits. This is a system that prevents patients from receiving the drugs that their doctors know will get better faster. This roadblock occurs primarily in the pharmacy when the patient is out of the clinic and therefore the patient is sick and suffering while paper is pressed to see if this drug is approved for coverage by their insurance. This delay in care is miserable for patients who can go days or weeks without the much-needed medication. Prescriber choice is the future of medicine as it directly provides a crucial key to any physician trying to provide instant solutions to their pain and suffering to their patients. “
Learn more about the new system from Dr. Rex, “End Acne Now”.
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